|11/12/2021 1:39:00 PM|
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Taylors Falls Springs Inn has officially opened for business. Owner Richard Berget listened from the audience while four council members debated the granting of a “hotel license” which may or may not even exist in city code. With the mayor absent, the vote was 3-1 to allow the Inn to operate and accept guests in 20 rooms.
Taylors Falls adopted a “hotel” ordinance in 2017 right about the same time Berget acquired the beleaguered property.
Documentation sought by Council member Troy Aanonsen as to when the ordinance hearing was held, how much the license fee is and why it is not on the city fee schedule was not available, and Aanonsen said he couldn’t take action without answers to his questions.
Larry Julik Heine summed up the council’s feelings when he said the fire marshal inspected the Inn, the building inspector signed off and the city zoning administrator recommends the licensure. “I am prepared to grant the license,” he added. Any questions about process or if all the i’s were dotted, can be looked into and reported back on.
In other business—Fire Chief Jake Vodenka Reedreported he wants to keep
equipment on a regular cycle and the #1 truck is going to need replacing by 2026. FEMA grant money would be key in being able to afford this rig, so the chief requested to hire a grant writer for $500. This was approved.
The department was also okayed to purchase a training mannequin for $1,600. Taylors Falls can use this especially for cliff fall scenarios and practicing medical rescues.
The Heritage Preservation Commission has the manual it compiled, outlining regulations and suggestions for historic home preservation, now available for purchase. The cost is $18.